My Beauty Favorites — Week of January 16-22, 2017

So we got through this week, yeah!  Even though this week may have been a bit stressful, I still have been testing some amazing beauty products and enjoying them!

My faves include a gorgeous cream eyeliner, products to help keep your hands smooth in the elements and a matte lipstick:


jane iredale Mystikol® eyeliners
jane iredale Mystikol® eyeliners

jane iredale Mystikol eyeliners ($24 USD) —  Create the sexy look you love with new improved Mystikol Powdered Eyeliners! The built-in brush makes a perfect line or smudged-out smoky eye. The powder/cream formula makes a shadow that won’t fade, crease or smear.

I love the creamy texture of these liners.  Applying with the brush is so easy, the liner just glides across my lid.  I could even make a cat’s eye with it, and I am not the best at that!  All of the colors are gorgeous and so wearable.  My favorite is Dark Topaz, but I love Amethyst and Smoky Quartz, too.  I don’t usually wear black eyeliner, but the Onyx is a beautiful pure black.

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Hand Care
Hand Care

During the cold weather, it’s so important to it’s important to maintain a good moisturizing routine to keep hands soft and healthy. Here are three products (including a set of natural emollient infused gloves!) which contain essential ingredients like Cocoa Seed Butter, Cucumber and Avocado that will soothe hands all season long.

Arbonne FC5® Ultra-Hydrating Hand Crème ($24 at This lightweight cream moisturizes deeply, leaving hands feeling soft, smooth and well-hydrated. Infused with Kiwi, a powerful antioxidant source which works to hydrate the skin. Cucumber and Watercress help even skin tone while Birch and Clover extracts work to improve the appearance of skin clarity

Borghese Splendide Mani Brilliante Brightening Hand Crème ($35 at This rapidly-absorbing formula is infused with Cocoa Seed Butter which saturates skin in moisture while advanced natural plant Cell Culture helps to restore and provide smooth skin.

Borghese Spa Mani Brillante Brightening Gloves ($50 at These specially- formulated gloves are infused with rich, natural emollients, including Jojoba Seed, Avocado, and Olive Fruit Oils which improve skin’s texture and tone. Octadecenedioic Acid helps to brighten, clarify and impart luminance. Dry hands are quenched and relieved at once, revealing a soft-silken appearance.

The lipstick revolution goes matte! Rimmel London introduces The Only 1 Matte Lipstick, a new-generation, all-in-one matte lipstick that delivers long-lasting, non-drying colour, moisture and wear.

Available in 10 new matte shades in a range of pinks, nudes, brights and deeps. I have Salute and Trendsetter — a rosy pink and a gorgeous nude. They are a hydrating matte and feel as good as they look.  They don’t dry down like a liquid matte, but as I don’t like those, this is the perfect way to get a matte lip!  The only think I don’t care for is the scent.  It’s really synthetic and a bit chemical.  But it does fade.  If they fix the scent, these will be some of my favorite lipsticks out there!

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What products are you loving this week?


Borghese Rapido Fast Dry Nail Lacquer collection!

Borghese Rapido Fast Dry Nail Lacquer collection!

The Borghese Rapido Fast Dry Nail Lacquer ($8.00 USD) collection is a quick-drying formula that is available in long-lasting colors. Borghese invites you to discover the new Rapido Fast Dry Lacquer collection in bold brights and chic Italian neutrals. Evoking all the vivid colors of a garden in bloom, and the sophisticated hues of city style, Borghese’s new nail lacquers complement every wardrobe.

These long-wearing, nail-strengthening lacquers contain Borghese’s exclusive Aqua di Vita complex to help restore moisture and balance, while Micronized Gemstones add strength and brilliance. Each shade comes with a special Duale Curve Tip Brush custom designed to hug the shape of your nail for smooth, flawless application that lasts up to seven days. The rich, saturated hues are free of DBP’s, Toluene and added Formaldehyde. 

The Borghese Rapido Fast Dry Lacquer Collection includes 12 shades ranging from mocha to violet to silver. 

What I think: Like the claim, these polishes dry very fast, even the second or third coat. And you will need more than one coat since it applies thin. But after a few coats, the shade is very true and pretty.  It chips after a couple of days, but I just apply another coat or two to get me through the week! Well worth the $8.

You can purchase at drugstores nationwide or Enjoy!

Borghese Holiday Nail Kits

Great Gift Idea: Just in time for the holidays, Borghese introduces two mini kits featuring fun, glittery lacquers. These kits would make perfect stocking stuffers, teacher and co-worker gifts, perfect for all of the stylish ladies on your list!

Each kit contains four long-wearing, nail-strengthening polishes that contain Borghese’s exclusive Acqua di Vita complex to help restore healthy moisture to the nails. Micronized Gemstones add brilliance. Each shade comes with a special Duale Curve Tip Brush custom designed to hug the shape of your nail for a smooth, flawless application. The rich, saturated hues are free of DBP’s, Toluene and added Formaldehyde.

The collections are:

 Allegra — Gold Glitter, Red Glitter, White Glitter and Black Glitter

Serena — Brown Glitter, Green Duochrome, Multi-Colored Glitter, Purple Shimmer

Each kit costs $9.99 and can be found at drugstores nationwide. Pick one up for a friend — and yourself!

Borghese Nail Care

Borghese is a classic beauty brand that creates quality products. Their extensive nail care line boasts beautiful polishes as well as helpful manicure items and hydrating hand and foot creams.

Borghese Nail Laquer ($8.00 USD) comes in a large variety of colors and finishes. The Duale Curve Tip brush is unique because it is two brushes fused together and curves for a precision line. It is free of Tolulene, DBP and added fromaldehyde for a healthier polish. This polish is also fairly long lasting, which is good for us busy ladies!

To get going fast after you do your nails, spray on Borghese Manucure Perfecting Finale Fast Set Nail Spray ($15.00 USD). It literally dries wet nails in seconds. I usually apply two coats of polish and a top coat, and the spray dries my nails instantly! This is handy for everyone, and kids think it’s really fun to use. It can also be used to freshen your shine between manicures and pedicures. The spray contains olive oil, Acqua Di Vita® complex and grape seed extract to moisturize and create high gloss shine.

The Borghese Crema Divina Hydrating Leg & Foot Creme ($15.00 USD) is a luxurious lotion to soften and sooth skin. It is infused with grape seed, olive and sunflower oils, as well as Acqua Di Vita® Complex and sweet almond oil to hydrate and restore skin’s moisture.  I lvoe smoothing this on after a hard day at the office. It smells really lemony, too.

Visit the website at for more information and to find a retailer near you. 



Get Smooth for Summer with the Borghese Forma Bella Collection

Yes I have cellulite. I am 40 (41 next month) and have three kids. I am unsure if anything can get rid of cellulite, but it has been proven in some studies that good exfoliation and certain creams can minimize the look of the offending dimply stuff.

I have been using Borghese’s Forma Bella Body Contour Collection about three times a week for a few weeks now. It is an invigorating treatment that leaves my skin so soft. I haven’t noticed much of a change in my cellulite, but my skin is very smooth to the touch and does look good. 

Forma Bella Body Contour Scrub ($45.00 7 oz) — The ingredients include Guarana & Zedomine extracts to warm the skin and diminish the appearance of cellulite, Acqua di Vita Complex to revitalize the skin, Multi-Vitamin CO Q-10 Complex to provide anti-oxidant protection from free radicals and Adzuk Bean Powder, Jjoba Beans and Sweet Almond Seed Meal to exfoliate.  I use this scrub in the shower on my thighs.  As I rub it in, my skin is instantly warmed and the exfoliation feels great. I then add warm water to lather and rinse.

Forma Bella Body Contour Creme ($55.00 7 oz) — This luxurious cream contains Caffeine, Guarana, Ginger, Cinnamin and Iodine to help diminish the appearance of dimpling, cellulite and scars, Algae & Pullulan help tighten & firm the skin,  Acqua di Vita Complex to revitalize the skin, and Multi-Vitamin CO Q-10 Complex to provide anti-oxidant protection from free radicals. I smooth this on my skin in circles and my skin starts to feel cool and firm. It is also SO smooth. I like to rub it all over my legs, especially when I am wearing a skirt or capris.

I think this line is quite lovely. And while I can’t say for certain that it will get rid of your cellulite, it will make your skin feel and look better. For more info, check out the website at